Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Sundress: Vintage Butterick 3657

A little while ago I won a little eBay auction with eight or so vintage 1970s & 80s dress patterns.  I paid less for it then the poor seller had to pay for shipping.  This is Butterick 3657, an out of print pattern from the early 1980s as best I can tell.  I have a size 14 which I'd usually make in contemporary Big Four patterns... but vanity sizing as it changes over the years I need a 16 for an 80s pattern.  I simply added a half inch (about 1.25 cm) to the side seams of the dress since it's such a basic shape... this added a total of 2" (about 5 cm.)

I used a rayon challis from FabricMart.  This is a super simple dress and the flowy fabric is light as a feather.

It just slips on, there's an elastic waistband.  Yes, I know I have a bright red bra on, I need to get on it and make a brown on to better go with this!

I lengthened the bodice by 1 1/2" (2 cm).  I was a little short on the amount of fabric the pattern recommended so I shortened the hem by about 4" (10 cm).

I'm wearing it right now on a day that's growing more humid and hot... it's a winner!  Now time to dig deep into my dwindling fabric stash to see what I can do next.


  1. Thanks!! I wore this this other day and it was so light and breezy... a winner in my book.

  2. Loving this fabric! Rayon Challis may be my new favorite material, by the way. It's just so drapey and soft! The green belt is a perfect addition, too. It really makes the dress :)

  3. Beautiful. I loved this style when it came out in the late 70's or early 80's and I still think it's fabulous. You did a wonderful job in pairing pattern and fabric. It looks great on you.

  4. This fabric is delicious. You have a winning dress here.